Vigo is located in Pontevedra, in the southern coastal part of Galicia and the so-called Rías Baixas. It is the most populated city of this Autonomous Community, with around 300,000 inhabitants.
Its position in the south, at the heart of the Rías Baixas, but also its multiple beaches, moutains and hills, grant it a mild climate and allow visitors to enjoy the views of breathtaking landscapes and practise a wide variety of sports, such as hiking, cycling, racket and sand sports, sailing, etc. It is also very close to the Cíes Islands, a marine-terrestrial park in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, our natural paradise. The Cíes Islands are nowadays a candidate to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vigo’s main industries are the naval, fishing and the Citröen automobile industries. More in particular, Vigo’s port is the most important fishing port in the north of Spain. As a consequence, restaurants in the city can offer their costumers fish and seafood of the highest quality at affordable prices: octopus, mussels, oysters, but also meat, vegetables and wines are some of the traditional top notch products of the Rías Baixas and the Ría de Vigo (Vigo stuary).
Finally, Vigo is very well connected by train or bus with the city of Santiago de Compostela, known for its great cultural heritage, from which it is essential to highlight its cathedral, end of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint Jacques).
In the following links you will find interesting additional information about the city of Vigo:
- Turismo de Vigo (web available in Spanish, Galician, English, Portuguese and French).
- Vigo.com (EN).
- Vigo en fotos (EN, SP).
HOW TO GET TO VIGO
There is a diversity of options to get to Vigo, to suit different tastes and possibilities.
- By plane:
Vigo Airport (VGO) is 12 km from the city centre. There are flights to and from Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
- Taxi from the airport to the conference venue/hotel area: around 23 €. The stop is right next to the exit of the terminal.
- Urban bus (Vitrasa): line 9A, 1.33 €. The stop is also at the exit of the terminal.
- By bus:
The bus station is located in Avenida de Madrid, 3 km away from the conference venue/city centre. Apart from nearby destinations, there are national connections with Madrid, Barcelona, Asturias, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Irún, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Extremadura and Andalucía, as well as international routes to and from Portugal, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany and Great Britain.
- By train:
There are two train stations in the city, Vigo-Guixar in Areal Street, and Vigo-Urzáiz in Urzáiz-Street. Apart from nearby destinations, there are long distance trains to Madrid, Barcelona, León, Irún and Ponferrada.
- By road:
There are three main access roads to Vigo:
- From Madrid: the A-52 and A-6 motorways.
- From Portugal, via Lisbon, Porto, Braga and Tui: the A55 motorway (Vigo-Tui).
- From the North of Galicia, via A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela and Pontevedra: the Atlantic motorway, AP9.
HOW TO MOVE AROUND VIGO
- By urban bus: the company of urban buses in Vigo is called Vitrasa. Each journey is 1.33 €, you can look up lines and times here, as well as calculate your route here.
- By taxi:
- Find contact numbers here.
- Consult rates here.
Distances to main capitals:
- Pontevedra: 28 km.
- Santiago de Compostela: 90 km.
- Ourense: 100 km.
- A Coruña: 155 km.
- Lugo: 190 km.
- Porto: 154 km.
- Lisbon: 455 km.
- Madrid: 632 km.
- Barcelona: 1,152 km.